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ArcGIS Online Challenge

Submitted by Kathy Yoder,

Have you ever come across an interactive web map and wondered “how did they make that?” Have you heard about GIS (geographic information systems) and wished you could learn more about how it might be useful for your own research and teaching? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, then the ArcGIS Online Challenge is for you!
Through completing this challenge, you will:

  •     Describe the potential of GIS beyond “dots on a map” and for cross-disciplinary applications
  •     Use ArcGIS Online apps individually and in conjunction with one another for common tasks in geospatial projects
  •     Brainstorm ways that GIS could be used for a research project or teaching assignment relevant to your own work

This self-paced, 100% online challenge is designed to be completed over the course of five weeks, with approximately two hours of work per week. Each weekly module consists of a mix of “lecture” content (i.e., blog posts or videos highlighting key concepts and use cases) and a “lab” activity, where you will get some hands-on experience with the methods and tools covered in each module. Each Monday during the challenge, participants will receive an email with information about that week’s topic and content, along with instructions for completing the associated activities. There is no deadline for completing these modules, and participants are encouraged to work at their own pace.
   Who: Ohio State faculty, staff, postdoc and graduate student researchers
   When: Oct. 4 – Nov. 5, 2021
   Where: Online only, via weekly email prompts sent on Monday mornings
   Register Here: